Updated Blog Post: Combating the Emerging Canine Respiratory Illness

November 30, 2023

Mysterious Respiratory Illness Now Affects Dogs Across 14 States

A previously unidentified and potentially deadly respiratory illness in dogs, first detected in a Western U.S. state earlier this summer, has swiftly expanded its reach to over a dozen states nationwide.

Geographical Spread and Investigation

As of the latest reports, the disease has been identified in the following states:

– California

– Colorado

– Florida

– Georgia

– Idaho

– Illinois

– Indiana

– Maryland

– Massachusetts

– New Hampshire

– Oregon

– Rhode Island

– Vermont

– Washington

Expert Insights on the Illness

Dr. Rena Carlson, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has emphasized the widespread nature of this illness, stating, “As of Monday, the disease had been reported in 14 states stretching from Florida to California.” (Source) This highlights the rapid spread of the illness across the nation.

Further, Dr. David Needle, a senior veterinary pathologist at the University of New Hampshire’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shared valuable insights into the transmission of the disease. He mentioned, “The illness, which causes chronic respiratory problems, is likely spread through close contact and breathing in the same air as an infected animal.” (Source)

Symptoms of this illness include:

– Chronic tracheobronchitis

– Chronic and acute pneumonia

– Rapid or difficult breathing

– Fever, nasal or eye discharge, weight loss, loss of appetite, and lethargy

Treatment and Prevention

Current treatments are symptomatic and supportive, focusing on oxygen therapy, nebulization, antibiotics for secondary infections, and ensuring adequate nutrition and hydration. Preventative measures include keeping dogs fully vaccinated and isolating any dog showing respiratory symptoms immediately.

A Comprehensive Approach to Air Quality in Animal Care

With the spread of this respiratory illness, it’s clear that prevention extends beyond just vaccinations and isolation. For animal care and service providers, implementing a whole-building approach to air cleaning and disinfecting is crucial. This strategy not only addresses the immediate concerns but also contributes to a healthier environment in the long term. To ensure the effectiveness of air purification systems, there are key questions that need to be asked when evaluating different options.

Key Questions for Selecting Air Cleaning Systems

When consulting and choosing an air cleaning system for animal care settings, it’s essential to gather detailed information to make an informed decision. The following questions will guide you in evaluating the suitability and effectiveness of different air cleaning products:

  1. Study-Backed Proof: Does the company provide evidence of their product’s effectiveness in killing animal pathogens?
  2. Pathogen Inactivation Time: How quickly does the system inactivate or kill pathogens?
  3. Risk of Re-Aerosolization: Is there any risk of pathogens being re-aerosolized?
  4. Safety in Animal Care Environments: Is the product safe and non-intrusive for animals and staff?
  5. Sizing and Efficiency: Is the UV light system in the air handler adequately sized to achieve over a 99% pathogen kill rate in a single air pass, ensuring all air flowing through the HVAC system is comprehensively and efficiently purified?
  6. Peer-Reviewed Studies: Does the company have peer-reviewed studies demonstrating efficacy specifically in animal care settings?
  7. Does it create any amount of ozone?
  8. Is the technology recommended by the CDC or ASHRAE
  9. Real-World Performance: Are there peer reviewed studies, case studies and testimonials from other facilities that have used the product?
  10. Are they willing to put it into writing?

Combatting Canine Respiratory Illness: Innovative Solutions for the Growing Respiratory Threat

Aerapy Animal Health stands at the forefront of improving air quality in animal care, transforming industry standards, and reducing disease transmission. Driven by personal loss and a deep love for animals, our journey is now a beacon of hope and health. The positive outcomes and feedback from veterinarians and clients, witnessing healthier animals under their care, reaffirm our mission. We are proud to be an essential partner in ensuring the well-being of animals everywhere.

Aerapy has been at the forefront of UV technology for animal care since 2008.

Aerapy’s UV disinfection technology has undergone rigorous testing against various strains of viruses and bacteria, consistently achieving a greater than 99.9% kill rate.

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